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There are a few Jewish delis you need to know about if you live in New York. There's Katz's, that tourist-clogged Lower East Side bastion of pastrami, and there's 2nd Ave Deli, whose two locations (one is in Murray Hill, the other is on the Upper East Side) are newer replicas of the original East Village one. 2nd Ave Deli is more low-key than Katz's in the sense that there's no rigid ticket system, but the food fits into the same category of Jewish deli fare. If you like pickles and coleslaw, then you'll be happy to know that they're free here, which is the first sign that you're in for an authentic deli experience. The menu is extensive and filled with typical diner items like knishes, triple decker sandwiches, and burgers, but keep it simple and order the Jewish Penicillin (matzoh ball soup) and the Twin Double (a duo of hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches).

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2nd Ave Deli

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There are a few Jewish delis you need to know about if you live in New York. There's Katz's, that tourist-clogged Lower East Side bastion of pastrami, and there's 2nd Ave Deli, whose two locations (one is in Murray Hill, the other is on the Upper East Side) are newer replicas of the original East Village one. 2nd Ave Deli is more low-key than Katz's in the sense that there's no rigid ticket system, but the food fits into the same category of Jewish deli fare. If you like pickles and coleslaw, then you'll be happy to know that they're free here, which is the first sign that you're in for an authentic deli experience. The menu is extensive and filled with typical diner items like knishes, triple decker sandwiches, and burgers, but keep it simple and order the Jewish Penicillin (matzoh ball soup) and the Twin Double (a duo of hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches).